Kingfish Break Out in Middle Innings To Sweep Bullfrogs
KENOSHA, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (2-2) defeated the Green Bay Bullfrogs (1-3) at Historic Simmons Field on Friday by a score of 10-5. Right-hander Logan Wiley (Missouri State) earned his first win of the season in his Kenosha debut, pitching five innings and positioning the Kingfish very well as they swept the Bullfrogs to begin the season 2-0 at home.
Green Bay dented the scoreboard first in the third inning, when catcher Zack Plunkett whacked a one-out homer over the left field fence. The Kingfish came back to knot the score in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI single by left fielder Chris Botsoe (Iowa Western).The Bullfrogs jumped back ahead with two unearned runs in the top of the fourth, but Kenosha was able to come up with twice that in its next at-bat, thanks in part to their first five hitters of the inning reaching base on two walks, two hit batters and a single.
The biggest inning of the game, however, may have been the Kingfish sixth, which began with a high infield pop-up that was dropped 30 feet up the first base line by Plunkett. Catcher Nick Zouras (Illinois State) and center fielder Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) followed with back-to-back singles to score the inning’s first run, after which two more errors in the inning would lead to three more runs, and help the Kingfish put the game out of reach.
Wiley finished with a line of three runs allowed, one earned, on six hits and one walk and one hit batter with two strikeouts. Gary Clift Jr. (Youngstown State) followed with two shutout frames in relief, while Riley Pelischek (Madison College) followed with two innings in which he allowed two unearned runs while fanning four.
Zouras finished his season debut behind the plate 2-for-2 with two singles and two hit by pitches, while Botsoe drove in two runs with a 1-for-5 evening. First baseman Max Widmar (UW-Parkside) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a run driven in, while Derek Bangert and Anthony Warneke each singled and drew a walk.
The Kingfish will be back in action on Saturday when they host the Kalamazoo Growlers for the first game of a two-game home set, with LHP George Faue (Northern Illinois) set to make his first start of the season, with game time set for 6:35p.m. Fans who stick around after the game’s conclusion will be treated to the Camosy Construction Fireworks show.